An architect is someone who designs houses and other buildings, drawing the necessary plans and specifications to enable builders to construct the building. An architect may also be involved when alterations are carried out an existing building, e.g. when a factory or warehouse is converted into residential apartments.
Architects will oversee construction or alteration works to ensure that everything is done in accordance with the plans and specifications. When the work is completed to the architect’s satisfaction a certificate of practical completion will be issued.
In the UK architects must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). The ARB was established under the Architects Act and has the following functions:
- Prescribing the qualifications needed to become an architect
- Keeping the UK Register of Architects
- Ensuring that architects meet our standards for conduct and practice
- Investigating complaints about an architect’s conduct or competence
- Making sure that only people on our register offer their services as an architect.
Architects may also belong to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA.) http://www.architecture.com/TheRIBA/TheRIBA.aspx
When a mortgage is required on a new-build home, or one which has been constructed or converted within the previous six years, and which does not have the benefit of an NHBC or similar warranty, lenders generally require confirmation that a Professional Consultant’s Certificate has been issued in respect of the property.
This certificate can be given by a registered Architect, and will confirm that he or she has overseen the construction work, and has professional indemnity insurance in force.